CAMA: CAN may challenge Nigerian government in court


Adefioye Iyunade

The Christian Association of Nigeria has said that it might consider a legal option against  the Federal Government if the controversial Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020 it recently signed is not amended.

CAN gave this hint during an interview  just as the House of Representatives faulted CAN for criticising CAMA after it had been passed by the National Assembly and received presidential assent.

The House, therefore, urged the Christian body to approach the National Assembly for amendment of the CAMA Act.  President Muhammadu Buhari signed CAMA into law on August 7.

CAN said that it would explore options available to it to get CAMA amended, just as the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria argued that CAMA would not work in Nigeria.

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Asked if CAN was considering a legal action, Pastor Bayo Oladeji, the Special Adviser on Media to the CAN President, Rev Supo Ayokunle, said, “Why don’t you let us get to that bridge before we cross it? Do you want us to open our arsenals and tell the whole world our weapon? Let them (the government) reject first.

“We have already told government our position. The National Assembly  has said that we can bring in our own suggestions for amendment.

“Our lawyers are working on that option. The court is also there. Our stand is that we will follow every lawful means to make sure that the obnoxious law is amended.

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“The purpose of the law is to bring peace and order and not to cause a crisis.” Meanwhile, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria National Publicity Secretary, Bishop Emmah Isong,  has said that CAMA was introduced in the country  without having the right structure to implement it.